“Cheney’s remarks actually read very much like a prosecutorial opening argument,” former federal prosecutor Danya Perry told VOA. “It was very methodical, it was very to the point, it was very direct. And it really did lay out a road map.” Perry, a founding partner of the Perry Guha law firm, said that there appeared to be two audiences for the presentation: U.S. Attorney General Merrick Garland and the American people.
Cheney’s message was straightforward. She stated that the committee’s goal is to show that former President Donald Trump “oversaw and organised a sophisticated seven-part strategy to reverse the presidential election and impede the transfer of presidential power.”
She said that success in reaching both audiences would be critical to any federal criminal prosecution, because Garland is widely seen as resistant to anything that might be characterized as a political prosecution. “Unless there’s a groundswell in the American electorate, he may be disinclined to pursue criminal charges,” Perry said.